Ontario issues stay-at-home order except for essentials

Henrietta Strickland
January 13, 2021

Unless people reduce their contacts, deaths could exceed first wave totals. On some days, the rate of growth is seven per cent. About one quarter of Ontario hospitals now have no ICU beds free while another quarter only have one or two beds available.

"We are at a unsafe point".

"Stopping the growth of the pandemic is not impossible", Brown said, noting France has seen new cases drop by half, Germany is flattening the curve and life has started to return to normal parts of Australia.

Since yesterday, 118 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, and 22 COVID patients have been admitted to intensive care units.

University of Toronto infectious disease specialist Dr. Colin Furness criticized the overall response given the health care realities presented earlier in the day.

"I know that people working in our hospitals will do everything to help cope with this crisis". Of those, 23 were residents of long-term care homes.

One of the main calls from the opposition and various advocates has been introducing paid sick leave so they can have more protections, especially if they work in essential workplaces and congregate care settings, including from the Toronto Board of Health. "There will be choices about who will receive oxygen or be transported to hospital".

This, Brown said, makes not associating with members of your household all the more important to avoid the spread.

The choices will not only affect COVID-19 patients but will have an impact on access to care throughout the system.

Last week, the CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital said they were forced to cancel all non-urgent, elective surgeries indefinitely. "Simply put, delays kill". The fatality count could double from 50 to 100 deaths a day at the end of February. The province also reported 41 more deaths linked to the virus.

Since January 1st, 198 LTC residents have died, as well as two staff.

In Canada, about five per cent of positive COVID-19 samples are being genetically sequenced to look for mutations.

The variant is believed to spread more easily but does not cause more severe illness. He says health officials tell him it's not a matter of if the new United Kingdom strain will take hold, but when and how wide.

There will also be further measures taken at schools which include masking required for Grades 1 to 3 and requirements to wear masks outdoors, enhanced screening and an increase in testing.

The province says 6,046 people have received both doses and completed their vaccination.

"However, case numbers will not decline until more of the population follows their example". Forty-one more Ontarians have died.

How is this different from a curfew, which the province said it wouldn't impose?

"Despite going into a shutdown in the grey zones, people were still moving about. They were going to adjacent regions to go shopping", she said.

"All we're asking is cooperation from the people to stay home". "I think Canadians are broadly supportive of travel restrictions".

The continuation of school closures is one of several new measures announced Tuesday - including a stay-at-home order - as the province declared a second provincial emergency over COVID-19.

The premier pleaded with the public to hang in for another 28 days saying that with the vaccine program being rolled out, "there is hope on the horizon".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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